Hitler: Dead or Alive

Hitler: Dead or Alive

Director: Nick Grinde

Cast: Nick Grinde, Ward Bond, Dorothy Tree, Warren Hymer

     
 
Believe it or not, this bizarre wartime "B"-picture was based on a true story. In the early stages of WWII, a prominent American businessman offered one million dollars to anyone who could nab Adolf Hitler and bring him to justice, dead or alive. This real-life character is herein played by Russell Hicks; accepting his offer, no questions asked, are ex-convicts Ward

Overview

Believe it or not, this bizarre wartime "B"-picture was based on a true story. In the early stages of WWII, a prominent American businessman offered one million dollars to anyone who could nab Adolf Hitler and bring him to justice, dead or alive. This real-life character is herein played by Russell Hicks; accepting his offer, no questions asked, are ex-convicts Ward Bond, Warren Hymer and Paul Fix. Joining the Canadian Air Force, the three heroes-by-default strong-arm their way into Nazi Germany, then gain access to Hitler by posing as musicians. Robert Watson, frequent Hitler impersonator during the war years, co-stars as Der Fuhrer, who turns out to be a craven coward once he's shorn of his postage-stamp mustache (we're not making this up.) The quasi-comic tone of the film turns dead serious at the end, as a wild-eyed Ward Bond makes a long patriotic speech while facing a firing squad (previously shown mowing down little children in their bedclothes!). One of the oddest scenes in the picture finds the three former convicts busting out of the Dachau concentration camp -- and this before the world at large was unaware of the horrors going on behind the walls of this infamous death factory. Only one quibble: Why are there shadows of flames playing against Bond's face in the final scene, when there isn't any fire?

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
UPC:
0089218441492
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:11:00
Sales rank:
65,992

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ward Bond Steve Maschik
Dorothy Tree Elsa
Warren Hymer Hans "Dutch" Havermann
Paul Fix Joe "The Book" Conway
Russell Hicks Samuel Thornton
Bruce Edwards Johnny Stevens
Frederick Giermann Meyer
Kenneth Harlan Cutler
Fay Wall Greta
George Sorel Capt. Kuhn
Myra Marsh Miss Grange
Eddie Coke Jimmy
Jack Gardner Lou
Felix Basch Col. Hecht
Bobby Watson Adolf Hitler

Technical Credits
Nick Grinde Director
Karl Brown Screenwriter
Leo Erdody Score Composer
Paul Ivano Cinematographer
B.N. Judell Producer
Sam Neuman Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [11:54]
2. Chapter 2 [11:10]
3. Chapter 3 [13:04]
4. Chapter 4 [11:36]
5. Chapter 5 [10:44]
6. Chapter 6 [12:02]

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